Qigong & How to Learn It
Qigong is an ancient practice for cultivating internal energy. It is known for its power of revitalizing life, overcoming difficult health conditions and developing inner capacities for fitness, martial arts and spiritual realization. The Daoism tradition provides the richest resources for Qigong.
To learn the practice, it is essential to be initiated, in other words to receive transmission from a teacher. Even if someone has learned some techniques of Qigong, he/she will not be able to achieve the right results without the transmission. This effect can be compared to a TV set or a computer, which needs to be set up from the beginning to work properly. The set-up has two aspects: the connection to the source of power/energy (i.e. electricity), and the input of the right programmes or software. Similarly the transmission in Qigong teaching contains two aspects: the empowerment of energy or the activation of the vital Qi in the body, and the passing on of the essential information for the practice.
Transmission by Zhixing
Having been initiated by his master and inspired by many years of his own practice, Zhixing has obtained unique insight and discoveries that cannot be found in any book. He has developed effective methods for regaining and preserving good health and vital life force, and for accomplishing longevity and spiritual realization. He has the ability to activate other people’s Qi, and to pass on the essential information for the practice. With his initiation, empowerment and guidance, one will be able to practice the methods to achieve the right results. He has been teaching Qigong in the West for over twenty years. His teaching in recent years has been focused on some used-to-be secret Daoist practices with profound effects for improving health, revitalizing life energy and obtaining a healthy long life.
Zhixing’s teaching encompasses two functions: Firstly, it is to learn the method and to be initiated into the practice. Secondly, it is to receive energy or to be empowered. For people in need of help with health problems, this can be an experience of regaining health.
Some Essential Effects of Daoist Qigong
To return to a child – like state
A child is full of life. His body is supple and his spirit is joyful. When we become adults, we lose a lot of the lively quality of a child. Our body becomes stiff and our spirit loses much of its joy. An essential effect of the Daoist Qigong practice is to regain that lively quality of a child. Even starting from quite a mature age, we can feel a youthful quality comes back to us. This effect is described in the Daoist text as ‘the return of the pure Yang Qi (vital life force)’.
To return to the root of life
From the Qigong point of view, we become ill is a result of losing the connection with our original state of being, or the source of our real life force – Qi. By getting in touch with the Qi our life will be nourished like a plant being watered and nurtured from the root. In the Daoist tradition, this effect is described as ‘drinking the milk of mother Nature’. As a result our life can turn around, from being ill into being healthy, and from being weak into being strong.
To live to the true end of one’s life is the real meaning of longevity. However, like most candles do not burn to the end when the flame is already extinguished, most people do not live to the real end of life when life is terminated by illness. The Daoist philosophy believes that one should live healthily to the very end of one’s life and leave the physical body without or not because of illness. With successful practice of Daoist Qigong, it is possible to accomplish this.
The Daoist Qigong is a profound practice of extraordinary nature. The true meanings and effects cannot be fully expressed in words. They can only be discovered through one’s own practice and experience.